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St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre Exhibits 

People & Places - June 18, 2018 - March 20, 2019

People & Places

Architecture from St. Catharines’ past is on display as part of a new exhibit at the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre.

People and Places highlights the landmarks and stories behind some of the City’s most famous buildings and landscapes. Items in the exhibit include window pediments from the Russell House Hotel, the May-Clark-Seiler house doorway, the Henry Furs sign from King Street, the YMCA sign from its former location on Queen Street, plus other photographs and objects from the Museum’s collection.

On display in the Burgoyne Room & History Hall through to March 2019. 

Visit our online exhibit on History Pin and add your photos of lost people and places in the city! 

Lost & Found - February 2018 to January 2019

Lost & Found

View the interesting and peculiar collection of items found in walls, attics, and basements from around the city. 

On display in the Museum's lobby until January, 2019.

Permanent Exhibits

The Museum's permanent exhibits and educational programs let visitors explore the early days of St. Catharines in interesting and interactive ways.

  • Get up close and personal with the Welland Canals.
  • Learn about the harrowing story of slaves in the U.S. as they traveled the Underground Railroad to freedom in Canada.
  • Explore the evolution of North America's oldest sport, lacrosse.  

 The Welland Canals

Museum display featuring a wooden cart and portrait of William Hamilton Merritt

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Explore the fascinating story of the four Welland Canals and the history of the City of St. Catharines that grew up alongside this engineering wonder. Discover the ways in which the Canal has changed over time and meet the people whose hard work built the Welland Canal. Then, venture outside to the viewing platform to get an up close view of Lock 3.

Follow the North Star

The Freedom Seekers display in the Museum gallery                                                                                                                                                                                                  Discover the rich legacy of Niagara's African-Canadians in this exhibition, which is incorporated throughout the Museum's permanent gallery. Learn about Richard Pierpoint and the "Coloured Corps", St. Catharines' role as a terminus of the Underground Railroad and one of our City's most famous residents, Harriet Tubman, among many other stories. 

Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame & Museum

Displays in the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame                                                                                                                                                                                                  Explore the history of North America's oldest team sport inside the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame & Museum 


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